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2017 - 2018 Working Groups


Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis

The goal of this working group is to facilitate learning and communication among researchers and students interested in the environmental humanities, a field that brings insights from the arts and humanities to bear on pressing ecological issues. Our specific focus is to examine the present climate crisis together with critical scholarship on the promise of DNA – as gene and genome – as a potential solution to this crisis.


Thinking Data, Data Thinking

The “Thinking Data, Data Thinking” working group will cultivate the synergistic possibilities of combining humanistic critical interrogations of data structures and representations with the cutting-edge research being done in computer science (especially information visualization and
computational media design).


Paleography Reading Group

The aim of this working group is to bring together interested individuals who need paleographical skills for basic research in order to provide a supportive, collaborative environment in which we can learn from each other and help students gain the appropriate skills in a more effective way.


Social Justice and the Smart City

The Social Justice and the Smart City working group focuses on cross-disciplinary inquiry into the social and environmental justice implications of smart city technologies, policies, and practices. Our goal is to support interdisciplinary research and facilitate the development of a scholarly community through reading groups, writing feedback, and guest speakers. 


Returning Working Groups


Creative and Practice-based Working Group

Over the last decade, a literature on "art-based" and "practice-based" research has integrated creative research in the visual and performing arts with the strategic research directions of postsecondary institutions. Such work cuts across departments and disciplines in the academy to influence research in traditional social science and humanities disciplines, to re-imagine or reassert the role of the visual and performing arts in a research university, and to mobilize knowledge and social engagement. This working group is positioned at the centre of such exchanges and aims to facilitate dialogue about research creation and practice across departments and faculties.


Energy In Society (EIS)

The Energy In Society interdisciplinary working group (formerly known as the Beyond Petrocultures working group) seeks to build on its successful collaboration with the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) during the 2016-2017 academic year. This year, we aim to grow our working group by building links with fellow faculty members and graduate students at the University of Calgary and to showcase the research being done here on energy transitions to an international audience.


Vendler Reading Group

The group's main goal is to facilitate communication between researchers working on issues related to the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of natural languages. The group meets approximately once a month to discuss current research, work in progress by reading group members, and to host visiting scholars.


Visual Research Working Group

The Visual Research Working Group has been supported by the Calgary Institute for the Humanities for the past two years (2015/16 and 2016/17). In our third year, we will develop plans for presenting our collaborative work to the public. We will create opportunities to organize conference presentations, exhibitions, and panel discussions, in addition to writing and other potential joint projects.

Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Working Groups 2018-2019

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Working Groups aim to bring together faculty and graduate students from different disciplines to explore common research interests and to encourage collaborative research projects.  

Groups must be convened by at least two individuals from different departments, and must agree to meet at least three times a term.  Ideally, membership in the group should be open, and initial meetings should be publicized to attract diverse participants.  Meetings can be used for the presentation of work in progress, for the discussions of texts and scholarship, or to plan or pursue a common research project (including preparing grant applications and planning conferences).

Application must be made by two individuals from different departments, one of whom must be from the Faculty of Arts.

Groups may apply for up to $3,000 in funding to support their activities.  Returning groups may apply for up to $1000.  These funds can be used for graduate student assistance, for bringing collaborators or visiting speakers to campus, or for the support of a grant application.  These funds may not be used for co-sponsoring departmental speakers or events. The funds must be spent and all expenses submitted by February 28, 2019.


The CIH will provide administrative support and clerical work needed to advertise group events and to help coordinate group activities.  Groups are expected to meet in the CIH Seminar Room (BioSciences 588B).


Evaluation Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed for their quality, their interdisciplinary nature, and their promise of significant outcomes.

Application Process

NEW: Applications are due by April 25, 2018. 
Applications (1-2 pages single spaced) should include:

  • A statement of the research interests of the group.
  • The names and contact information of the conveners of the group, as well as names of any faculty or graduate students who have agreed to participate, or a statement about the strategy for identifying and recruiting group members.

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